Although winter doesn’t arrive until just before Christmas, snowflakes begin to fall long before the winter holidays begin sometimes. Snow can be fun and it can also be an annoyance and even a hazard. But if a person has a nice warm home, mittens and a scarf and the time to spend outside, a snow day can be a great excuse for having some fun with the rest of the family. Babies, especially, often enjoy the texture and sensation of touching snow for the first time.
The following board books are just the thing to acquaint babies and toddlers with snow, snowflakes and snowmen. Whether living in a location that sees several feet of snowfall each year or a spot that hasn’t seen a snowflake since the last millennium, these chunky books ideal for babies hands are fun reading. Look at the pictures with your little ones and have fun reading about snowmen and snowflakes before heading outside to play in the cold, white snow.
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats – No list of books about snow for children of any age would be complete without this book that was first published in 1962. The Caldecott Medal winner of 1963, this book is the story of Peter exploring his neighborhood after the first snow of the year.
“Corduroy’s Snow Day” by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue – Corduroy takes his adventures outside with his friends. They spend the day sliding down hills on sleds, building snowmen and having snowball fights. At the end of the day they all head inside for a tasty treat.
“That’s Not My Snowman” by Fiona Watt – This read and feel book is just the thing for little hands to explore new textures. From the soft felt hat on the cover to the bumpy coal of his buttons, children will love exploring the various parts of a snowman.
“What Does Violet See?: Icicles and Snowflakes” by Julie Aigner-Clark and Nadeem Zaidi – In this title in the Baby Einstein series, Violet the mouse sees snowflakes and icicles everywhere she goes throughout her neighborhood.
“The Snowball Fight” by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak – Little Bear and Father Bear take a walk in the snow. They soon discover, though, that snow makes balls very easily. The only question is: who will throw the first snowball?
“Snowflake Baby” by Elise Broach and Cori Doerrfeld – In this winter edition of the Baby Seasons book, babies will have fun lifting flaps to discover what can be seen outside in the winter. The baby of the story is bundled up nice and warm before getting a ride on a sled and touching the white snow.
“Winter Friends” by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick – Photographic images of a snowman in the woods will delight young readers. The snowman is visited by all sorts of woodland creatures as he watches over the winter forest.
“Miffy in the Snow” by Dick Bruna – Miffy the little white rabbit doesn’t have to go to school; it’s a snow day! She is having fun with her friends sledding and building a snowman, but then they discover a bird trapped in the snow. What should they do?
“Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner – What do snowmen do when those that built them go inside for the night? Do they stand frozen waiting until morning or do they come to life when no one is looking? This story reveals the secret world snowmen live in when no one else is around.
“Bunny’s First Snowflake” by Monica Wellington – There are lots of preparations to be made by the forest animals before winter arrives. Bunny and his friends hurry to get everything done by the time the first snowflake falls.
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